The U.S. Supreme Court in Pennsylvania ruled this week that the Fifth Amendment prohibits people from being forced to give police personal passwords,media reported. In a 4-to-3 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice overturned an order from a lower court.
The order is understood to require suspects in child pornography cases to submit a 64-character password. The lower court’s ruling held that the defendant’s request for disclosure during the trial did not violate his rights under the Fifth Amendment.
Joseph J. Davis, of Luzeen County, Pennsylvania, told investigators: “There are 64 characters, why should I give it to you?” We all know what’s there. It’s only going to hurt me. I’m not going to give it to you. “